Anybody have trouble with bolt seals?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by SteveScott, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    You can get an air cutoff saw for like 30 bucks at Menards and I've used the heck out of mine. The cheapest good battery grinder I've seen is like 200 bucks with a couple batteries and a charger, but I wouldn't buy one that isnt Milwaukee or Dewalt so that has something to do with it.
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  3. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    “But, but....

    We didn’t ‘refuse’ it. The driver just wouldn’t do his job”. :rolleyes:
  4. dumptruck89

    dumptruck89 Light Load Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    They make battery operated angle grinders now. Get a few cut off wheels as spares and your good to go.
  5. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2018
    Only way. They want to push more work on the driver.

    What if driver is disabled?

    I was asked to cut the seal of a trailer once, that same receiver always cut the seals but it seamed that they wanted to transfer that responsibility to the driver.

    They brought out the big boy heavy as #### cutters, I took one look and said “sorry I’m not strong enough to use that”.

    The millennial guard then realized I’m not going to be his ##### and ended up cutting the seal himself. To this day that guard sees me and cuts the seal and now opens the doors as well.

    I ain’t here to do their work and these guards the cool ones will talk to you let you know things. Like how they get drivers to do things that they are suppose to do.

    My job is pick up and delivery. Open doors and back up. You put the seal on you take it off.

    The other reason I give is. My company requires me to witness the seal being cut off and receiver needs to verify and cut themselves.

    Stop working for free.
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  6. tinytim

    tinytim Road Train Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    Northern Ontario
    Geez, I've been doing it all wrong. I never considered that removing the seal and opening the doors wasn't my job. I'll have to try that next time I get to deliver to the place where that nice, small, older lady has to witness the seal removal. I'll make her do it. :)

    I guess I can understand the reasoning against it but it sure seems like a mountain/mole hill thing to me.

    Be prepared, get a good pair of cutters.
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  7. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2008
    Would a 50 foot hose be long enough?
  8. rabbiporkchop

    rabbiporkchop Road Train Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Wapwallopen, Pa
    I never used mine for cutting seals on the back of my trailer but I did use it for cutting locks and other sorts of things. I had to rescue a friend's storage unit in New Mexico and I pulled my truck right up to the door of his storage unit and used that die grinder to cut the lock off his storage unit so I could load up all his stuff in the back of my reefer and bring it to him. I used it for cutting antenna whips also.
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  9. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Elkhart, IN
    Sometimes they could be a pain in the butt on those containers I used to drag around if they were up high on the door latches instead of down at chest level in the loop on the bottom cleat.
  10. ncmickey

    ncmickey Road Train Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Durham NC
    Hauling pharmaceuticals, I deal with a lot of bolt seals. Usually the receiver cuts them... but sometimes the receiver hands me the bolt cutters. Having had a partially torn rotator cuff, SLAP tear, and dislocated shoulder less than 2 years ago, I understand the struggle.
    A place I go to often has a pair of ratcheting bolt cutters. They work great with only alittle effort. But they are costly...

    If I have to use a regular pair of bolt cutters, I usually put one handle against the truck and use my arms and chest to press the other handle towards it. Takes alittle practice but doesn’t hurt my shoulder.
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